The baseball community has lost one of its all-time greats far too soon.
Longtime Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies star Roy Halladay passed away at the age of 40 following a tragic plane crash in Central Florida on yesterday afternoon.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately noon ET. Halladay was an avid pilot who frequently talked about his love of flying and recently posted images and video of his aircraft to social media.
The plane crash happened 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla. Halladay lived in nearby Clearwater and is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Halladay was the lone passenger of the aircraft and that no mayday call was received prior to the accident. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.
Halladay will be remembered as a top pitcher from his era and one of the best starters to wear a Blue Jays uniform, and a key member of some of the best rotations in Phillies history. From 2001-11, Halladay ranked second in Major League Baseball with 175 wins, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.113 WHIP. He also ranked fourth in innings (2,300) and fifth in strikeouts (1,795). Halladay’s 64 complete games were 30 more than any other pitcher during that time.
“All of us at baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,” said Commissioner Rob Manfred. “A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter.
“Doc” was not only a legend but many say he was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. He coached his kids baseball teams and just loved being a dad.
Rest in peace number 32.